Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Why I Love Ravelry

A few months back I started hearing of this Ravelry and people were posting on their blogs about being invited. I thought it was a website for knitting designers and I could see why the invites were special, but I didn't pay any more attention to it than that. Then my sister told me she was invited and I was surprised and I asked her how. That's when I learned that you get invited after requesting to join at their website. She raved about it and I just had to join as well. I had to see what all the fuss was about.

I am so glad I did! It is a online system where you keep track of all your projects both past and present as well as your stash. You gain friends and find out what they're knitting, see how projects look done by different people with different yarns(this is especially helpful if you want to use a different wool than the pattern calls for, you also get to see the pattern done in different sizes - and some have been modified and it's nice to see how people change the pattern to suit their preferences. I always have liked keeping photos of my projects, this is especially nice when the items are gifted and this allows me to always have pictures of everything I make. It's also a great way to keep track of how long a project took - if you had to frog it, put it away for awhile and so much more.

People are also there to help with your questions - when making my last project Mr. Greenjeans I had questions about a different way to do the sleeves and by talking to another knitter I found a much easier way to do the sleeves - there is always someone who is quite willing to share their knowledge with you if you need it.

If you are on Ravelry and you want to see my projects or add me as a friend my online name is surprise surprise - TeaMouse - if you haven't joined up yet but want to go to Ravelry and enter to be signed up, there is a waiting list and it usually takes up to a week to get your invite - but you'll be so glad you did, I know I am!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #42 - A Look Back

Taking a bit of a TT break - for some of you these will be brand new, and for others you can reminisce with me....enjoy and happy TT!

1. Signs of Spring

2. Thirteen Facts About Me

3. Interesting Uses for Duct Tape

4. Saskatchewan

5. Goof Ups - I have done

6. Things I Love

7. Made up Wacky Tabloid Headlines - If I wrote them

8. 13 Headers just for you!

9. Things I love about summer

10. Brain Teasers - try to answer them without scrolling down

11. Things on my desk

12. Celebrating Women - International Women's Day

13. Pet Peeves

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Here's Oliver to say - 'Hey, how's it going, what's up?'
He totally begged me to type that and put up his picture.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My First Sleeve

I did it! My very first sleeve, thanks to a pair of 16" Addi circular needles in 5.00 and 4.50 mm....yay! I am so happy with how it turned out. I took some artistic license with it and it has a shorter cuff than the original - now some would call it a goof, but no way not just makes mine even more unique and I happen to love the shorter cuff.

I think with how fast this sleeve went that I'll have it done by the end of April, which was my original goal.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #41 - what do you listen to?

I love my mp3 player and I use it when I exercise, here are some songs on it that I exercise to. What songs motivate you to exercise? 1. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band 2. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen 3. Bad - Michael Jackson 4. Beat It - Michael Jackson 5. Footloose - Kenny Loggins 6. FunkyTown - Lipps Inc. 7. Grease - Franki Valli 8. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira 9. I Need to Know - Marc Antony 10. I'm on m Way - The Proclaimers 11. Smile - Lily Allen 12. One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head 13. You're Beautiful

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Drinking water, are you safe?

I've been using two of these plastic bottles for the last two years - it was I thought the perfect solution to getting my water in while at work. I always had it with me and I could drink anywhere from one to two litres a day, that's 32 - 64 ounces.

Now it turns out they may not be safe. A chemical called bisphenol A is released into the liquids that are in the bottles once the bottles are heated to the boiling point. This is also affecting baby bottles made with polycarbonate plastic. The heating of the bottles to warm them for the baby or in my case sterilizing mine in my dishwasher can cause this chemical to leach into the water.

Here are a few links for you to read, Health Canada will be posting a list of brand names later this week, for now I'm not using my bottles until I hear if they are affected by this. Until then any bottles with a #7 on the bottom are possibly affected and should be used with caution. The last link I provided has a list of 'safe' alternatives to the current polypropalene bottles that have the bisphenol A.

Toronto Sun
USA Today
Labour Environmental Alliance Society - great article

Monday, April 14, 2008

My Name is not Marina...

Gosh after 5 1/2 years of working here you think they'd get it - my name is not Marina!!!!! Why is it that is so hard to understand - yes it sounds similar but sheesh! Just now a lady came in and called me Marina - when I first started here they all called my by my name and some of the senior's have started calling me Marina again and they wonder why I don't look up when they call me.

I pay special attention to names and I'm pretty good at it - unless I see someone I barely know in different surroundings and then I have to really think for a bit to get their name. Why is it when you see people at places other than where you are used to seeing them you go blank on their name?

In my job there are a lot of names for me to remember and on rare occasions I'll have someone standing in front of me and I know who they are but their name just escapes me and once I actually had to ask someone to tell me their name as I needed it for a mass card and I couldn't remember it for the life of me. This generally happens on hectic Friday's - but it makes me wonder will I start to refer to people by the wrong name and have no clue! This could be me in the future.

How are you with names, do you find it easy to remember them or have you ever drawn a blank and felt foolish?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Quick Coasters

I made a set of 6 of these for my boss last night and this morning on the way to work I made a new one for my desk at work - I love the bright colour 'Gumdrop' by Peaches and Cream. It looks great on my desk.

The nice thing about these coasters is that they are ultra absorbent and great for summer time when glasses sweat, plus they are washable, so you can always have a nice clean set. Care Tips: You can do them in the machine but I have done this before and if you dry them they will shrink up - I recommend machine wash and lying flat to dry.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #40 - 13 Guilty Pleasures

Everyone has them, those guilty pleasures that you keep to yourself - I'll share 13 of mine with you and if you're brave you can share a few in the comment section. These are either current or past guilty pleasures.

1. Knitting at work. Ok, I'll fess up this is a current one and I was doing it this morning at work and while I was knitting the idea for this TT came into my head - so I guess it was more productive than I thought.

2. Reading Jackie Collins novels, although it's been years since I've read one they were at one time a true guilty pleasure.

3. Summer time slurpee cravings. It never fails I crave one slurpee each summer, a throw back to my teen aged days.

4. Reality T.V. - enough said.

5. Listening to the family gossip from my MIL.

6. Chocolate.

7. Watching All My Children, although to this day I miss watching Another World.

8. Reading/listening to Hollywood gossip.

9. Playing Sims2.

10. Surfing the net, reading blogs while at work.

11. Shoe Shopping - I don't know if I have a lot of shoes but I think about buying them a lot and DH seems to think I have tons of them and I always have the desire to buy more.

12. Pens and other stationery items, I go crazy for pens and I can't pass up buying them when I stop at the office supply store. It's the one part of my job I love as I keep the office supplied, it's even more fun when it's not coming out of my pocketbook.

13. Buying gifts on sale - I love to get a deal especially if it's for a gift I'm purchasing.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

What's in your cup/glass?

Now from my blog title you can clearly see I'm a huge fan of tea. I do love tea and I drink it daily like some people drink coffee. I have my first cup in my travel mug on the way to work and then through out the day at coffee breaks and a cup in the evening. I just discovered a new tea that I love - Earl Grey Vanilla. I really only like black tea, I'm not a fan of the herbal hot beverages that claim to be That being said there are other beverages that I love especially as the weather warms up and the days begin to get hot. I love Iced Cappuccino from Tim Horton's, it's the best, Iced Tea, Margarita slushy(adult version) and now and then I like a 'good' cup of coffee. The best cup of coffee I ever had was years ago while visiting my sister in Vancouver. We stopped at a local coffee shop on the way to Whistler and it was absolutely bar none the best coffee!

I also drink wine as DH makes his own and for years I only drank white wine. I started off only liking sparkling wines and then moved to sweeter white wines and Zinfandel's and now of all things I prefer red wine. We currently have a batch of Merlot in the carboy and another one to go next. I think we should make a fruit wine before summer as they make the best wine spritzers. I'm not much for hard liquor but I will drink a nice Caesar from time to time. Gone or the days where I drink too much - now it's all social and if I have one too many glasses of wine I get reminded quick that I'm not able to drink like that anymore.

So what do you prefer to drink for hot/cold and alcoholic beverages?

Monday, April 07, 2008

Scale Addict

I think I need to hide my scale! Last week I decided it's time to get some excess pounds and I did the proper weigh in and measure. Since then I am obsessed, I get on the scale each morning. This is the worst thing I can do as of course the weight fluctuates considerably and if it goes up, I panic and think it's not working.

Do you become obsessed with the scale, or can you wait for timely weigh in's?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Bedroom Fix-Me-Up

For some reason my bedroom always seems to be the place that everything gets dumped when I can't think of where else to store it. For some reason I tend to hang on to junk. Yesterday morning it finally got to me and I went through and tidied and plucked things out of my closet that I have no business wearing unless we're doing a 90's revival. Last year we bough a decorative rod and some green panels to cover our open closet. I have a few other things to tie in the green such as my comforter set and some accessories. I got the idea while I was cleaning that I should give my end tables a pick-me-up and today I went and picked up the paint to get the job done. I chose 'Fresh Lime' in CIL Melamine and I'll give them their update in a couple of weeks. I think it will really make the room look great. Our walls are in a nice blue and surprisingly the bright green looks so good with it. I also plan to help with my clutter by buying some shadow boxes and painting them to match.

My next painting project is the kitchen. I want a yellow kitchen, not sunflower bright but not so pale you have to tell people there is yellow in the paint(which is what my MIL) thinks I should do. I am thinking I'll probably go up one shade from what she suggests.

So I obviously have spring fever and it's not time to get into the yard for gardening, what do you start to plan once spring arrives?

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Random Thoughts

All Things Random:

Can dentists claim Halloween candy as a business expense?

Why is it that only a woman can figure out how to replace the toilet paper?

If cats and dogs fight like cats and dogs, how do brothers and sisters fight?

The more expensive the restaurant the lower the lights are.

When your in a store the sales clerk only come around when your just browsing, you never see them when you need assistance.

If you lose something buy a new one, it`s the best way to find what you lost.

If you have nowhere to go and you do up your hair, it`s perfect. If you have to go out, it never turns out as good.

You only get a run in nylons when you don`t have a spare pair.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Thanks Dawn!!!

I got a parcel pick up notice in my mailbox the other day and I had no idea why...well I went and picked it up on my way home from work and I had this lovely pick-me-up package from Dawn. She even remembered that Oliver had eaten my favorite summer sandals from last year that I had bought from Avon. I believe she is an Avon dealer and she sent me some pampering items. I just wanted to say thank you so much!!! It was above and beyond and it really cheered me up a lot! Check it out below.

The sandals(which gave me a good chuckle and I'm ever so glad to have them again, I kept scouring my Avon book to see if they'd be in one of the clearance books. These sandals got so many compliments all summer from lot's of different people and they are so comfortable), Mandarin & Jasmin Body wash, Banana & Coconut Milk Body Wash(this smells wonderful), Silicone Glove Hand cream, 2 Spring Delights Lip Balm, a Springtime Emery board(so cute), A cute tea towel, Bread machine recipes, thanks so much!!, and this lovely Planet Spa, Arizona Hot Sands conditioning body treatment...this stuff is great, I've tried it before.

This was totally unexpected and I'm truly thankful! Dawn has a great blog and she's always posting wonderful recipes and more - I just found one there the other day for Ancient Grain Pancakes that I just have to try. Why don't you stop by and say hi!!

Thanks so much Dawn!!!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What I'm Up To...

I'm doing much better now, I get the occasional bad headache but I'm definitely on the mend. I saw the surgeon yesterday and she said it's healing up just fine...yay!

I'm currently reading The Other Boleyn Girl. I have it out from the library, unfortunately it was only a two week loan so I have to hurry(this isn't too much of a problem as I can't put it down). I ended up reading at work all afternoon yesterday....;O! I am really enjoying it and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it!

I mailed two more cloths to Dawn who won the DishCloth for a year Give-A-Way - I was a bit behind with March going so wonky. I have to get making some more now I'm caught up to April now.

Yesterday I was a little brat, on the way home from work we stopped at the city's best ice cream shack for a cone. Yes, I did spoil my supper and it was worth it!

I'm still working on my Mr. Greenjeans which I have affectionately named Denim Jeans due to the colour I chose. I've been getting lot's of advice from others on Ravelry on doing the sleeves and I think I've decided to go with doing them entirely on 16" circulars rather than attempt dpn knitting.

I found this great pattern for a Vintage Capelet and I've just started this one for my Granny for her birthday in July. I'm really enjoying working on this pattern as I don't often knit with pink.